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BRUNO LORENZON Mercurey Blanc 1er Cru "Piece 15" 2019

Wine Region: Burgundy - France

Grape: Chardonnay

Tasting notes: "Even in the context of this compelling vertical tasting, the 2019 Mercurey 1er Cru Pièce 15 stood out as a remarkable wine. Offering up scents of crisp stone fruit, Anjou pear and orange oil mingled with notions of fresh bread, white flowers and praline, it's full-bodied, satiny and multidimensional, with a deep and concentrated core that's girdled by bright acids and underpinned by chalky dry extract. But what sets it apart in the range is its finesse rather than its power." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

About the winery:
At the helm of the family estate since 1997 is third generation vigneron Bruno Lorenzon who is assisted by his sister Caroline. Bruno is considered to be a leading vigneron from Mercurey and is crafting wines at a level rivalling those of great producers of the north of the Cote d'Or. The Domaine, located in the village of Mercurey in Cote Chalonnaise, is spread over 4.5 ha of vineyards planted in approximately 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. 90% of the vines are located in 1er Cru appellations of Mercurey and Montagny. Bruno meticulously farms his vineyards in accordance to the viticulture practice of "lutte raisonnee" (reasoned struggle). Considered close to organic farming, this practice advocates for the non-reliance of chemicals in grape growing. As a result, all vines are treated without any synthetic chemicals. Additionally, yields are always kept low, and harvesting is done by hand in small crates. From his experience in the cooperage business, Bruno is apt at selecting the type of barrels that would be appropriate for each Cuvee and their respective vintage. Of course, he remains a firm believer that oak should never stand out in his wines. The resulting wines from the Domaine are pure, elegant, possessing beautiful finesse and the subtleties characteristic of their specific terroir.

Expert Rating:
The Wine Advocate: 95+/100

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